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Transport Load Builder:

TLB is used to group transport loads for certain means of transport whilst ensuring that the capacity
of the means of transport is utilized as much as possible.

Building of transport loads that are within the parameter limits defined by the user (such as
weight and volume)
Straight loading or load balancing of means of transport


TLB automates the STO creation process by taking the weight, volume and pallet spots into
The constraints available in TLB are easy to understand and easy to comprehend the
STO can be created separately as per the type of finished good i.e temperature sensitive
goods can be clubbed into one STO.
All the TLB related controls and master data are available in APO. So Planners can
manipulate the data in APO.
A standalone feature called interactive TLB is provided in APO. Planner can interactively plan
the STO as per transportation lane and existing deployment orders.


The TLB first groups deployment stock transfers or planned replenishment orders from the
current period into TLB shipments. In doing so, the TLB tries to load the shipments as far as
possible to the upper parameter limits that you defined in the TLB profile for that means of
The TLB also considers the loading method that you defined for the means of transport in
the transportation lane.
The TLB loads the transport loads with the same products, or products from the same
loading group (straight loading), distributes the products evenly amongst all transport loads
built (load balancing), or distributes the products so that the load reaches an ideal
weight/volume ratio (product-wise loading - product mix heavy/light).
The TLB considers the individual loading methods as follows:

1. Straight loading: The TLB sorts the loading groups and then the products within the
loading group alphabetically. In the second step, the TLB distributes the loading
groups and products into shipments, in the sequence in which they were sorted.
2. Load balancing: The TLB tries to distribute products to shipments in such a way that
the product percentages are, as far as possible, the same for every shipment.
3. Product-wise loading - product mix heavy/light: The TLB tries to distribute products
to shipments in such a way that load reaches an ideal weight/volume ratio, which
makes the best use of the capacity of a means of transport.


Product Master Data:

1. Stacking Factor :
a. This field is relevant if you want to use the Pallet Positions TLB parameter in the TLB
b. The stacking factor indicates how many pallets of a product can be stacked on top of
each other. For mixed pallets, the system uses the smallest stacking factor of all
2. Units of measure :
a. For the Weight, Volume, and Pallet Positions parameters (only SNP TLB) that you use
in the TLB profile, you must define the conversion of the parameter unit of measure
to the base unit of measure for the product.
3. VMI Purch. Group :
a. The TLB can divide the TLB shipments into individual orders according to the
purchasing group of the VMI customer.
4. ATD Receipt and ATD Issue :
a. These fields are only considered by the SNP TLB. You can enter the category groups
that you have defined in the SNP Customizing under Start of the navigation path
Basic Settings Next navigation step Maintain Category Groups. End of the navigation
path Using the category groups, you define which order categories are included in
the quantity that is available for transport load building.
b. If you do not enter a value here, the system uses the value from the location master
data or the standard category groups ATR and ATI.
5. Rounding Value :
a. The TLB uses the rounding value for building transport loads. However, the TLB first
uses the value that you have defined in the transportation lane, that is, in the lot size
profile (SNP) or transportation guideline set (SAP SNC). If no value is assigned, the
TLB uses the value specified here or 1 .
b. So that the SNP TLB can use this rounding value, you must set the relevant indicator
in the SNP Customizing under Start of the navigation path Basic Settings Next
navigation step Maintain Global SNP Settings. End of the navigation path Otherwise,
the SNP TLB uses the rounding value from the transportation lane.
6. Handling unit G :
a. The TLB can only pack products with the same handling unit group together in the
same handling unit (HU). In the SNP TLB, which does not use handling units, this field
applies to pallets.

7. Max. Coverage :
a. The TLB considers the maximum coverage time during shipment upsizing. The
system only brings forward as many deployment stock transfersas are necessary to
cover demand within this time period.

8. Shipment Upsizing :
a. For the location product, you specify whether shipment upsizing is allowed and
whether it is permitted beyond the maximum coverage time period.
9. Loading grp. :
a. The TLB considers the loading group for the straight loadingloading method.
10. Not Palletable :
a. You specify whether the location product may be stacked on pallets. If you set this
indicator, the TLB does not consider any pallet positions for this product.
Location Master Data:

1. ATD Receipt and ATD Issue :

a. If you have not defined category groups for the location product , the SNP TLB
considers the category groups defined here.

Transportation Lane Master Data:

2. TLB profile :
You must assign a TLB profile that you created previously.
3. Loading Method :
You specify whether you want the TLB to consider the straight loading or load
balancing loading method.
4. Pull-In Horizon :
If the TLB carries out a shipment upsizing, it considers the pull-in horizon.
5. Siz.Desn and Shpmt Thr.Val. :
In the Siz.Decsn field, you determine how the TLB calculates the value it uses to
decide about shipment sizing. The system compares the base value calculated with the value
that you have entered in the ShpmThrVal field as the threshold value for shipment sizing,
and then carries out either shipment upsizing or downsizing.

TLB Profile :

The TLB profile is used to determine within which parameter limits the Transport Load Builder (TLB)
groups the shipments for a means of transport.

Parameter Limit:

In the Parameters for TLB Profile: XX section of the TLB profile, you can define upper and lower limits
for the following standard parameters:

1. Weight
2. Volume
3. Pallet Positions